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General Services Administration Pursues Deep Energy Retrofits

In August 2011, the General Services Administration (GSA) launched the National Deep Energy Retrofit Program to demonstrate deep energy savings delivered through energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs). Aggressive program objectives include:

  1. Move federal facilities towards net zero energy consumption
  2. Reduce water consumption at federal facilities
  3. Implement cost-effective retrofits with payback periods of 25 years or less
  4. Complete associated construction work without major tenant disruption
  5. Use innovative technologies
  6. Use renewable energy technologies
  7. Use comprehensive and integrated whole building approaches to determine ECMs

RMI partnered with the GSA, the Department of Energy (DOE) and The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to bring together all 16 pre-qualified energy service companies (ESCO) to brainstorm the barriers and solutions to achieving innovative, broadly applicable deep retrofits and strive towards bringing federal buildings to net zero energy. Since 2011, RMI hosted three charrettes – the first in Boulder, CO in October 2011, the second in Washington, DC in March 2013 and the third in Golden, CO in April 2014 – and wrote a practice guide with that directive. The reports below summarize the collaborative charrettes and groundbreaking achievements of the program as well as a practice guide for getting deeper savings from energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs).

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